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Nile - Annihilation of the Wicked - 2005

The last great Nile record for me, the band's 2005 release cemented their place in metal history as one of the best technical and brutal death metal bands out there.  It showed a fully blossomed deftness for balance making the album more than just a scathing experience, charged with powerful riffs yet legible structures still being allowed to form even in the more chaotic moments of the record.

Drudkh - A Few Lines in Archaic Ukranian - 2020

A compilation of tracks from split releases with Hades Mighty, Grift and Paysage d'Hiver over a 3 year period.  As usual, heavily poetic and charged with that trademark raging yet melodic style of black metal that they deliver so well.  I normally steer clear of comps but this one has me hooked.

Paysage d'Hiver - Schattengang - 1998

Is it a demo?  Is it an EP? Is it a mini-album?  No one knows, I don't care.  Whichever part of Tobias' ongoing story this release refers to, it is a real tour de force.  Track two twists, shifts and turns multiple times but never loses itself somehow coming back to the sense of narrative it began with.  I only have the three track version so no side B for me to listen through (although I presume YouTube would deliver this) but I love it without the final 18 minutes even. 

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